From 1998 until 2009, our Drug Court focused on persons charged with their first felony offense. However, in 2009, the State cut funding, essentially eliminating our first offender felony drug court. In response, and in conjunction with Adult Probation and Parole, we established the STOP Program (Supervised Treatment On Probation), a program mimicking drug court for first-time felony drug offenders, but without any state funding. In 2010, after some organizational changes at Adult Probation and Parole, we made substantial changes to the STOP Program and created a new program called SAILR (Substance Abuse Intervention Low Risk). Similar to the STOP Program, SAILR is intended for first-time felony drug offenders.
In short, if a person charged with a felony drug crime meets the eligibility requirements described below, he will enter a guilty plea that the court will hold in abeyance for one to two years. If the person completes the SAILR program requirements successfully, we will dismiss their charges. If the person does not complete the SAILR program requirements successfully, the court will enter their charges as convictions and issue a sentence.
For all SAILR participants, AP&P will provide supervision and will require the offender to comply with whatever assessments and substance abuse treatment programs it deems necessary for the offender to complete SAILR successfully and stay off drugs.